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October 29th, 2007

on writing

Thanks to strangexgirl for this encouragement! I'm passing it on to everyone, but especially all you aspiring writers, whether you're participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month or not:

"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W. Somerset Maugham

"To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say and to finish without knowing what you have written." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations." C.S. Lewis

"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'" Stephen King

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." Robert Frost

"Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light." Joseph Pulitzer

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." C.S. Lewis

"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite." C.S. Lewis

"Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?'" C.S. Lewis

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." Tom Clancy

"I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'" Saul Bellow


She gave me some other great quotes, but I wanted to pass on the ones that were very writing-specific. Happy writing!

hazards of the job

Two Noble County Sheriff's Department deputies were injured when their car crashed west of Albion while making an emergency response Saturday night.

Deputy Joseph Williams, 33, had to be airlifted from the scene of the crash, which happened at CR 200N and Long Lake Road at about 8:10 p.m. His passenger, Deputy Brian Jones of Cromwell, was transported from the scene by ambulance.

They were called out to help a Cromwell Police officer, who requested emergency backup during a traffic stop on SR 5, near CR 125S. Williams was westbound on 200N when he lost control in a curve, and went off the south side of the roadway, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

The vehicle's front left corner hit a tree, then the car continued on to hit another tree head-on before coming to rest. The impact deployed both the vehicle's airbags.

Williams was reportedly able to exit the vehicle and radio for help, despite his injuries. He was flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where his was treated for a broken hip, a possible broken nose, and multiple lacerations to his face.

Jones was taken by ambulance to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, where he was treated for head lacerations and later released.

The 2003 Ford Crown Victoria police car was totaled.

Ligonier Police officers continued to the original call to assist the Cromwell Officer. The driver of the vehicle he pulled over was arrested for being an Habitual Traffic Violator and having a false and fictitious license plate, while the passenger was charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol.

The crash remains under investigation. Units responded to it from the Sheriff's Department, Albion and Crowmell Fire Departments, Albion Police Department, and Noble County EMS.


It's started to appear that a mechanical problem with the car might have had something to do with this, although it's going to take some investigation to be certain. It was a reserve car with 95,000 miles on it -- hard miles.

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